DATE: Monday, November 29, 2010 - NOTE DATE
TIME: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - NOTE TIME

Zhikui Wang, HP Labs

TITLE: Sustainable IT Ecosystems: Need-based provisioning of resources

The IT industry is found responsible for about 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The challenges for the industry are to reduce the IT footprint significantly, while playing a critical role in addressing the global sustainability issue. In this talk, we present a systemic framework for supply-demand management in IT, in particular data centers. On the supply side, we propose using local resources of available energy, with design and management that minimizes the available energy required to extract, manufacture, mitigate waste, transport, operate and reclaim components. On the demand side, we propose provisioning resources based on the needs of the users by using flexible and configurable building blocks, pervasive sensing and communications, knowledge discovery and visualization, and autonomous control. We discuss these principles and present specific use cases for their applications. We also discuss how the holistic framework can be extended to manage resources at the scale of urban infrastructures.

Zhikui Wang is a senior research scientist in HP Labs, located in Palo Alto, California. His research interests are on application of control and optimization techniques in sustainable IT ecosystems, including application performance control, data center workload management, power management and cooling control. He joined HP Labs in 2005 after he received his Ph.D. degree from UCLA in Electrical Engineering, Control Systems. He received his ME in Industrial Automation from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1998, and BE in Instrumentation and Measurement from Tsinghua University in 1995, both in Beijing, China.

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